The Fairy Shoemaker

Faerysteps started a blog way back when the internet was practically pedal powered (that was in 2008). These days I tend to use Instagram as a daily record but sometimes you just can't beat a good old fashioned diary entry...

Its Sandal time... and a home sewing update.

Have to say I was rather pleased with this new style. Let me introduce Maisie to you all...

Running, ink and tinkers...


November has most certainly been a month of boots.


Lots to report for November, get comfy. Most notably, new tall boots have just started being added to the shop. Only a couple of Moonshine boots, but, happy to say that we have made lots of Tinker boots in various sizes. I'm fast reaching 'boot out' so its a small batch by manufacturing standards, but a marathon when its a cottage...

What a week half term was...


Esther vintage fairy shoes in dove grey.

I've had such a busy week, but then half term always is for parents is'nt it. I am very aware though that these times will pass, and that for me in fact, this is most probably my last half term with my youngest. This time next year she will already have turned 18, and so the luxury of outings mid week etc will be gone forever, never to return. So I...

Getting chilly now...



Gosh, another busy week WISP booting :)

Plus, I used some of that heavenly polished conker leather to make some stock Esthers. Love these with the longer toe shape.

The weather turned decidedly nippier home here so more layers were called for. I always find it a toss up between warmth vs movement... thick wooly jumpers arent an option because I find I get caught up in everything Im...

Thread and fabric...


Happy thread colours to cheer up a wet foggyfied day :)


Got ever so slightly carried away in bristol fabric shopping yesterday… ;) looking forward to the next sunny day to wash and tumble dry this lot. I have to wait for sunny days because the washing machine and tumble drier will run off the solar panels then. I only bought a tumbly machine for pre shrinking new fabrics really as it so...

The Pinny dress...


Ive had fun with this one! I promised a blog post on the making of it so here we go, with tips and tricks on the way. First came the making of the pattern.
This is a basic shift dress, its been invented a thousand times. Its easy to make, easy to wear. I am happy to fiddle with a bit of pattern drafting, but, I know that this can fill some with utter 'run for the hills' dread :) Fear not...

January 2016 catch up...


January involved oodles of shoes and a few boots for stock, so all in all it was a busy month in the studio. It was good to get back to work after Christmas.


Home involved lots of knitting, birthdays, bottle feeding lambs, fire appreciation and general life.


I found some lovely customer pictures on Instagram. Its so wonderful to find shares! Thank you so much x Please tag shares as...

Shoe brutality and a touch of sewing...



A quick touch of shoe brutality to start the day :) it’s so hot I’ve decided to sacrifice my lovely green green Ediths and chop the toes off. Sort of sandals now :) really comfy :)



Morning break in the studio listening to heavy summer rain. It’s making me feel very sleepy!



Finished work for the day and contemplating a new dress in green and red to match the newly beheaded shoes… new look #6827 which...

New Cardi...


Celebrating spring with a new outfit :)
New cardi and dress from www.seasaltcornwall.co.uk
Had to add a new home made corsage too :)
#fairysteps #seasaltclothing #seasalt

Sheet dress... will be


I finished the maybe sheet dress yesterday, all the pins gave me a round of applause, because I was flagging near the finish. Mainly because my lovely vintage industrial Singer that I used to make it has developing a fault. The motor (it looks like the original from when the machine was made in 1973, its younger than me...) has developed a terrible screech. And by screech, I do mean screech....

Sheet to dress... maybe


Well, as I woke up this morning planning to do a spot of dressmaking seeings as its Sunday and all that... I decided that having since discovered that it wasnt actually Sunday after all, I would carry on with my plans.

Years ago in my Jumble Sale days (couldnt cope anymore with all the people!) I used to look out for vintage clothes. Bearing in mind I was only about 12 at the time and...

fresh cottons...



A few fresh cotton prints ready for some patchwork fun in my spare time. Hope you are all having a wonderful weekend x